Atlanta’s iconic Ponce City Market announces Umbrella Bar – a food kiosk from Poke Burri’s Co-founder Seven Chan inspired by stalls found in Korean night markets – will open in the Central Food Hall’s new expanded space on Friday, May 27.
The team will serve a menu of twists on quick dishes and drinks like Korean Dumplings, Bulgogi Beef Tater Tots with aioli mayo, green onion & sesame seeds, kimbap, bibimbap, fried Korean corn dogs (“Kdogs”) and more. On the drinks side, they’ll offer Korean beers, soju and creative plays on Korean cocktails, such as Melona Slushies, featuring South Korea’s Melona Fruit Bars and soju. Flavors will include strawberry and matcha lemonade.
Umbrella Bar will feature an “island” counter in the center of Ponce City Market’s new food hall wing, with an adjacent bar counter connected by an alleyway with colorful umbrellas and lights suspended from the ceiling. Barstool seating will be available at both the island and bar counters.
“We’ve been to night markets worldwide and love the vibe of them, but nothing in Atlanta delivers this kind of experience,” says Chan. “Beyond the food, our space offers two separate areas divided by a walkway which is perfect for the concept; it’s like a little alleyway or side street in Korea.”
Nani’s Piri Piri Chicken from Chef Meherwan Irani, JJ’s Flower Shop and VIỆTVANA opened in the Central Food Hall’s expanded space in late 2021. Spicewalla, the first-ever brick and mortar location for Meherwan’s acclaimed spice brand, will open later this spring. The spice shop will offer spices, collections, collaborative pantry goods and more.
The restaurants and shops in the new Central Food Hall expansion are located on the first floor with entrances across from The Roof’s Ticket Booth in The Courtyard and through the existing Central Food Hall, by Collier Candy Co. and El Super Pan. The aesthetic mirrors the design of the main Central Food Hall with polished concrete floors, red accents and elements honoring the character of the existing historic building, including exposed brick walls and open ceilings. In total, the new wing adds over 5,000 square feet of space to the Central Food Hall and houses restaurants and retail shops, plus communal seating throughout.
About Ponce City Market
Developed by real estate investment and management firm Jamestown, Ponce City Market is a historic, mixed-use community hub featuring local and world-class food and retail, residential lofts, and office space. With ample public green space and a pedestrian network directly linked to the Atlanta BeltLine corridor, Ponce City Market is a landmark in Atlanta’s skyline and an iconic destination for visitors and neighbors alike. At its core is a buzzing indoor/outdoor Central Food Hall featuring restaurants and food stalls, including many from James Beard Award-winning and -nominated chefs. The community hub’s diverse retail offerings include a mix of national brands like Anthropologie, West Elm, Williams Sonoma, and J. Crew as well as local Atlanta-based shops like Modern Mystic Shop, Cobbler Union, Citizen Supply, and more. When construction on the next phase of development is complete, Ponce City Market will include five buildings offering more than 700,000 square feet of office space, 350,000 square feet of retail space, and over 800 residential and hospitality living units. For more information, please visit www.poncecitymarket.com; www.next.poncecitymarket.com/.